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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Washington

9 Colleges
1,862 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,317 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in WashingtonOut of the majors we analyze each year, communication and journalism was ranked 8th in Washington. In fact, 1,862 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.9% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Washington ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent communication and journalism programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Washington

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Washington State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Washington that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list.

About 4.1% of Wazzu students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,345 students at Wazzu are exclusively online. There are roughly 4,795 part time students in attendance at Wazzu. Wazzu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Our rankings recognize Gonzaga University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Gonzaga not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list.

About 1.5% of Gonzaga students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,719 of Gonzaga students are attending part time. Gonzaga does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UW Seattle has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 3,490 students at UW Seattle that take at least one class online. 5,528 students are part time. UW Seattle does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Central Washington University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Ellensburg, CWU is a public college with a large student population. CWU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list, coming in at #9.

The student loan default rate at CWU is lower than is typical, just 5.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 7,872 students take at least one class online at CWU. 1,774 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Eastern Washington University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of Cheney, EWU is a public school with a large student population.

About 5.1% of EWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,907 students take at least one class online at EWU. 1,748 of EWU students are attending part time. EWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Western Washington University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. WWU is a large public school located in the city of Bellingham. WWU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list.

About 2.7% of WWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 692 students take at least one class online at WWU. 1,502 of WWU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Seattle Pacific University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle. SPU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list, coming in at #4.

About 1.9% of SPU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 277 students take at least one class online at SPU. 563 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Seattle U also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list, coming in at #6.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. There are approximately 186 students at Seattle U that take at least one class online. 1,387 of Seattle U students are attending part time.

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Pacific Lutheran University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Tacoma, PLU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at PLU is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. 215 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 10,634
Hawaii 268
Oregon 1,312
Alaska 38
Nevada 397

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,277
Public Relations & Advertising 292
Journalism 230
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 219
Communication & Journalism (Other) 74

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 4,084
Social Sciences 3,664
Psychology 2,819
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 511
History 511

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 9 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

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